Archive for January, 2010

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January 27, 2010

Virus Fightin’

January 27, 2010

Wow, What a complete @#$*#@*& of a virus.

The virus in question was called Vundo (or at least a variant there of).

Steps taken;

  • Repaired Windows to get it to boot.
  • Ran Symantec AntiVirus – Found it! yay. Deleted? Yes! yay.
  • Reboot – virus is still there.
  • Turn off system restore – no system restore tab!
  • Run regedit to turn it back on – disabled.
  • Disabled System restore service – worked.
  • Boot into safe mode, install MalwareBytes anti-Malware app. As soon as it’s installed the app is deleted before I can run it! (virus is still there).
  • Downloaded Spybot, installed and ran OK. Yay! Ran full scan. It starts to catch stuff…
  • Brain fart… I downloaded and INSTALLED MalareBytes on another machine. Copied the application folder (after install) to thumb drive. Ran Malwarebytes directly from thumbdrive. It runs! Yay!
  • After that downloaded and installed AVG Free and ran deep scan on that.
  • Downloaded and installed Windows Defender. (free from Microsoft)
  • If, after turning off the system restore, (courtesy of MalwareBytes reactivation) running full scans with MalwareBytes, Spybot S&D, AVG as well as Windows Defender and it all comes up clean, then you’re home and free… This is where I got to and was able to recover the machine, however I’ve had to rebuild too many machines recently because of these $*&@#% viruses/Malware/Scareware/annoying programs.
  • If it still keeps coming back then it’s time to rebuild the machine I’m afraid.

Useful Links…

AVG Free

MalwareBytes

Spybot S&D

Windows Defender

Acronis (for whole machine backups including applications)

Stop different versions of Word from re-registering

January 13, 2010

When you have multiple copies of Word on your machine like 2003 & 2007,  it can be a pain as when you start one, it re-registers as the default and then proceeds to only open up doc and docx files in that version.

To bypass the auto-registration for Word 2007, follow these steps:

  • Exit Word.
  • Start Regedit.
  • Locate and then click to select the following registry subkey:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options
  • After you select the subkey, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
  • Type NoReReg, and then press ENTER.
  • Right-click NoReReg, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  • On the File menu, click Exit to close Regedit.

If you do that for one of the versions (probably best to go for 2007) then it’ll stop re-registering and you can keep docx opening with 2007 and doc files opening with 2003.